The Yangon Region government is planning to develop industrial zones in 10 townships, and the Htantabin Industrial Zone project will be implemented on 2,200 acres of land in Htantabin Township in the northern district of Yangon, where Hline, Kokkowa, and Bawle rivers meet.
The industrial zone project was initiated in August, 2018. During a preliminary discussion between the Yangon Region authorities and a foreign company, 1,000 acres was designated for the project. After a feasibility study, the zone will be developed on 2,200 acres of land, which is located a mile away from Htantabin Township and near the point where the Hline, Kokkowa, and Bawle rivers meet.
Prior to the project implementation, Naw Pan Thinzar Myo, the Yangon Region Minister for Kayin Ethnic Affairs, Hluttaw representatives, and officials of concerned departments met with the local residents at the Htantabin Township General Administration Department office in a bid to make the project transparent. After four rounds of discussions between the authorities and locals, the project received the support of the local residents.
The Htantabin Industrial Zone will be set up in three phases. An Industrial Zone, Development Zone, and Residential and Green Zone will be constructed under each phase. Golden Myanmar has drafted plans to construct a management center, hospital, fire department, school, sewage treatment plant, logistics port, generator, cargo port, and water treatment plant.
The industrial zone will be shaped like a tortoise. A floating market will be included in the project. The market will be over 200 acres wide and will be located at the head of the industrial zone. A Taipei company will develop the floating market.
The China (Taipei) company will construct a US$30-million rainbow-shaped bridge, connecting Htantabin Township to Hmawby Township. Necessary measurements are being taken for that bridge project, which will directly link the industrial zone in Htantabin Tonwship with Sanpya village in Hmawby Township. It will become the main access for container vehicles and ensure smooth trade flow between Htantabin and Hmawby towns. The river crossing bridge will be constructed on the Hline River.
The construction of the industrial zone will commence in the end of September, and is expected to generate 100,000 jobs.
“The locals of Htantabin Township have to travel through creeks and rivers, which takes up a lot of time. Electric supply covers 70 per cent of the township. The industrial zone project will start in September. It will create jobs and make transportation smooth. It will improve the socio-economic conditions of the locals, and therefore, I am pleased with the project,” said U Htay Maw, Htantabin Township’s Hluttaw representative.
The Yangon Region government is inviting local and foreign investors to develop industrial zones in 10 townships. The Hlegu and Htantabin industrial zones will be implemented initially. —Than Htike
(Translated by Ei Myat Mon)